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Date published: December 3, 2020

Seminar Dec 8th at 1 pm ET – Natural Capital Accounting: Results and Lessons Learned from Building Nature’s Value into National and Subnational Economic Accounts

When: Tuesday December 8, 2020 at 1:00 pm ET

Who: Ken Bagstad (USGS Geosciences & Environmental Change Science Center), Carl Shapiro (USGS Science & Decisions Center), Carter Ingram (Ernst & Young) 

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Date published: October 19, 2020

“How To” Webinar: Wednesday October 28, 2020

Dr. Jill Baron, co-Director of the Powell Center, will present a webinar on how to develop a strong proposal for 2022 Working Group consideration on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 11:00 am MT/1:00 pm ET. The webinar is designed to provide insights to increase your understanding of the Powell Center and the proposal process. Join the webinar via Teams at:

Date published: October 19, 2020

Call for Proposals – John Wesley Powell Center

The John Wesley Powell Center for Earth System Science Analysis and Synthesis fosters innovative thinking in Earth system science through collaborative synthesis activities. This mission is driven by the recognition that synthesis is critical to solving complex problems facing Society.

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The pervasive and multifaceted influence of biocrusts on water in the world’s drylands

The capture and use of water are critically important in drylands, which collectively constitute Earth's largest biome. Drylands will likely experience lower and more unreliable rainfall as climatic conditions change over the next century. Dryland soils support a rich community of microphytic organisms (biocrusts), which are critically important...

Eldridge, David J.; Reed, Sasha; Travers, Samantha K.; Bowker, Matthew A.; Maestre, Fernando T.; Ding, Jingyi; Havrilla, Caroline Ann; Rodriguez-Caballero, Emilio; Barger, Nichole N.; Weber, Bettina; Antoninka, Anita; Belnap, Jayne; Chaudhary, Bala V.; Faist, Akasha M.; Ferrenberg, Scott; Huber-Sannwald, Elisabeth; Issa, Oumarou M; Zhao, Y.

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A not so sudden impact—Historical relations between conifers and insects can help predict damage by nonnative insects

The arrival and establishment of nonnative insects in North America is increasingly problematic. International trade has created opportunities to move wood products and nursery stock worldwide, which has increased the risk of insect introduction to regions or countries where they are not native. One group of researchers,...

Durden, Lekeah A.; Schulz, Ashley N.; Mech, Angela M.; Thomas, Kathryn A.
Durden, L.A., Schulz, A.N., Mech, A., and Thomas, K.A., 2020, A not so sudden impact—Historical relations between conifers and insects can help predict damage by nonnative insects: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2020-3039, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20203039.

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Increased drought severity tracks warming in the United States’ largest river basin

Across the Upper Missouri River Basin, the recent drought of 2000 to 2010, known as the “turn-of-the-century drought,” was likely more severe than any in the instrumental record including the Dust Bowl drought. However, until now, adequate proxy records needed to better understand this event with regard to long-term variability have been lacking....

Martin, Justin; Pederson, Gregory T.; Woodhouse, Connie A.; Cook, Edward R.; McCabe, Gregory J.; Anchukaitis, Kevin J.; Wise, Erika K.; Erger, Patrick; Dolan, Larry S.; McGuire, Marketa; Gangopadhyay, Subhrendu; Chase, Katherine J.; Littell, Jeremy S.; Gray, Stephen; St. George, Scott; Friedman, Jonathan M.; Sauchyn, David J.; St. Jacques, Jeannine-Marie; King, John C.